Daily Archives: October 14, 2018

2018-10-14: News Headlines

ursulafaw, Daily Kos (2018-10-14). GOP Cuts Its Losses — Yanks Funding for 'Putin's Favorite Congressman' Dana Rohrabacher. alternet.org Paul Ryan's SuperPAC is declining to spend money to support 15 term incumbent Dana Rohrabacher. | This is to die for. Check this out. @KatiePorterOC & @HarleyRouda. OC voters understand Dana & Mimi are total Trump rubber-stamps. TRIAGE! — Howie Klein (@downwithtyranny) October 13, 2018That's the gist. . .

Kevin Martinez (2018-10-14). Daniel Ellsberg's The Doomsday Machine: A Prescient Warning of the Danger of Nuclear War. globalresearch.ca Daniel Ellsberg is an American anti-war activist who in 1971, while working for the RAND Corporation, leaked a series of documents called "The Pentagon Papers" to the New York Times and other news outlets. The papers revealed to the American …

Staff (2018-10-14). Russian Opposition Leader Navalny Freed From Jail. truthdig.com MOSCOW—Kremlin opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been released from jail after serving 50 days on two consecutive sentences for organizing unsanctioned protests. | Navalny, President Vladimir Putin's most prominent foe, had been sentenced to 30 days for organizing a protest in August, but upon release was immediately arrested and then sentenced to another 20 days for organizing a protest that took place while he was in jail. | Both protests were against a Russian government plan to raise the eligibility age for state pensions, which has since been signed into law. | After his release early Sunday, Navaln…

John Steinbach (2018-10-14). Report-back: 2018 World Conference against Nuclear & Hydrogens Bombs. indybay.org Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists' Hall | 1924 Cedar (@Bonita), Berkeley…

RT (2018-10-14). US needs a space force because Russia is ahead on it, Trump says. rt.com Keen as ever on the idea of having a fighting force in space, US President Donald Trump says it's a necessity for Washington because its perceived top adversaries — Russia and China — are beating it to the punch.

Gene Ruyle (2018-10-14). Red-Green Revolution The Politics and Technology of Ecosocialism‚Ä®. indybay.org NPML, 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)…

Zero Hedge (2018-10-13). US Officials Say Russia To "Seize" Syria's Oil Fields. iranian.com Russia is attempting to woo European countries like Germany into a program of reconstruction cooperation in Syria, where broad swathes of the country have been destroyed through seven years of grinding proxy war; however, Pentagon officials have charged Russia with wanting to "seize" Syria's oil and gas resources. This comes as the United States has resolved […]

wsws (2018-10-13). Daniel Ellsberg's The Doomsday Machine: A prescient warning of the danger of nuclear war. wsws.org The famous whistleblower of the "Pentagon Papers" provides a disturbing and timely memoir of his days preparing nuclear war policies for the Pentagon.

wsws (2018-10-13). Russia: Putin ally Kudrin pushes for rapprochement with the imperialist powers. wsws.org Underlying the push toward improving ties with imperialism are the growing class tensions in Russia itself.

Gareth Porter (2018-10-12). The New York Times' Shaky Case that Russia Manipulated Social Media to Tip the 2016 Election. mintpressnews.com Gareth Porter dissects the New York Times Shane & Mazzetti's case that the Russian government seriously threatened to tip the 2016 election through social media.

Democracy Now! (2018-10-12). Headlines for October 12, 2018. democracynow.org Hurricane Michael Flattens Florida Towns as It Rips Through Southeast, Turkish Gov't Says It Has Video Evidence of Khashoggi's Murder at Saudi Consulate, President Trump Rejects Calls to Cut Off Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, Report: Trump Administration Separated 6,000 Families in 4 Months, AP: U.S. Army Discharged 500 Immigrant Recruits, Kanye West Praises Trump During 10-Minute Oval Office Tirade, Pop Star Taylor Swift Tells Fans to Vote in Midterms, Washington Archbishop Resigns Amid Growing Church Sex Abuse Crisis, Syrian Rebels Withdrawing Heavy Weapons from Idlib Under Turkey-Russia Deal, HRW: Egyptian-Americ…

Middle East Monitor (2018-10-12). Russia Rejects Israel's Claim To Sovereignty Over Golan Heights. iranian.com Russia has rejected Israel's claim to sovereignty over the Golan Heights which has been under Israeli occupation for 51 years. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov indicated that his country will not agree to any change of status of the Golan Heights, insisting that Moscow, along with the large majority of the international community, considers it […]

Ariel Dorfman (2018-10-12). How We Roasted Donald Duck, Disney's Agent of Imperialism. counterpunch.org I should not have been entirely surprised when I saw How to Read Donald Duck, a book I had written with the Belgian sociologist Armand Mattelart, being burned on TV by Chilean soldiers. It was mid-September 1973 and a military coup had just toppled Salvador Allende, the country's president, terminating his remarkable experiment of building socialism through More

Andrew Korybko (2018-10-12). Mohammed Bin Salman: The Character Behind the Caricatures. globalresearch.ca Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman, popularly known by his initials as MBS, is either one of the world's most admired leaders or its most reviled depending on who one asks. His friends characterize him as a noble reformer …

Michael Doliner (2018-10-12). Were the Constitution and the Bill of Rights a Mistake? counterpunch.org The United States Constitution was ratified in 1788, the Bill of Rights in 1791. The Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation which had previously organized the separate states in a confederation which could not tax people directly or raise an army on its own. There was much opposition to this change, and those who were More

Ed Simon, History News Network (2018-10-12). Capitalism's Final Solution Is Nothing Less than Complete Ecological Collapse. alternet.org This is the nightmare logic of scarcity capitalism. | Four centuries ago, somebody starving in the drought afflicted Elbe region in what is today the Czech Republic, anonymously chiseled onto the stone of the receding river bank a warning. Here, along the river where one day American and Soviet troops would meet on their duel approach to Berlin, a graffito made by unknown hand marks 1616 as the oldest year recorded on one particular South Front (2018-10-12). Video: ISIS Seizes Toxic Agents Intended to be Used for Provocations in Idlib. globalresearch.ca ISIS terrorists have been able to seize toxic chemicals due to the irresponsible actions of the representatives of the Western countries, Lieutenant General Vladimir Savchenko, chief of the Russian center for the reconciliation of the conflicting sides in Syria, said …

wsws (2018-10-12). The struggle for socialism and the importance of history: David North interviewed on Radio Sri Lanka. wsws.org David North, chairman of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site, was interviewed at length on Radio Sri Lanka's "Coffee with Dan" program early this week.

Consortiumnews (2018-10-11). The Shaky Case That Russia Manipulated Social Media to Tip the 2016 Election. consortiumnews.com The idea promoted by the NYT's Shane & Mazzetti that the Russian government seriously threatened to determine the 2016 election does not hold up when the larger social media context is examined more closely, reports Gareth Porter. By Gareth Porter… Read more →

Juan Cole (2018-10-11). Pulp Fiction in Istanbul, or, the Looming Turkey-Saudi Cold War. thenation.com Pulp Fiction in Istanbul, or, the Looming Turkey-Saudi Cold War…

wsws (2018-10-11). Pentagon report points to US preparations for total war. wsws.org Amid an intensification of military tensions with Russia and China, the Pentagon has produced a document proposing to "retool" US society for "great power conflict."

RT (2018-10-11). NASA ready to leave ISS crew-less if Soyuz not cleared by 2019. rt.com NASA officials have said that the International Space Station (ISS) could be left unmanned after a Russian Soyuz spacecraft was forced to make an emergency landing when its rocket booster malfunctioned.

Democracy Now! (2018-10-10). Rashid Khalidi: From Iran to Palestine, Nikki Haley Put a Nice Face on Trump's "Horrific" U.S. Policies. democracynow.org U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has announced she is resigning her post at the end of the year. The former South Carolina governor—one of the few women in Trump's Cabinet—gave no reason for her departure. During Nikki Haley's time as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, the United States withdrew from the Paris climate accord; the U.N. Human Rights Council; the Iran nuclear deal; UNRWA, the U.N. agency that provides humanitarian aid to Palestinians; and UNESCO, the U.N. educational and cultural agency. We speak with Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said professor of Arab studies at Columbia…

RT (2018-10-10). 'With us, or against us': Nikki Haley's top threats & accusations at UN. rt.com From bullying countries into voting in line with Washington to proclaiming that the US and Russia will never be friends, retiring US ambassador Nikki Haley has said a lot of eyebrow-raising things at the UN. Here are some of them.

RT (2018-10-10). Trump savages Medicare for All, as more Americans embrace socialism. rt.com President Trump once again lambasted the idea of socialized healthcare, as Medicare for All becomes a mainstream Democrat position and more and more Americans warm to the idea of socialism. |

RT (2018-10-10). 'Sooner than you think': Trump vows swift reaction to India's S-400 purchase from Russia. rt.com US President Donald Trump said India will soon "find out" what Washington prepared in response to its purchase of advanced Russian S-400 missile defense systems in defiance of America's pressure.

RT (2018-10-10). 'Certain groups will do anything to win': Steven Seagal scoffs at alleged Trump-Russia collusion. rt.com Action star Steven Seagal dismissed alleged collusion between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia as fiction, warning that "certain groups" will do or say anything to push through their political agendas.

RT (2018-10-10). Julia Roberts brother, 'Runaway Train' star Eric Roberts 'won't mind' getting Russian citizenship. rt.com The elder brother of Julia Roberts and Oscar-nominated actor, Eric Roberts, may join action star Steven Seagal, and French movie icon Gerard Depardieu in acquiring a Russian passport.

Democracy Now! (2018-10-09). 2017 Nobel Peace Laureate: Amid Talks with North Korea, It's Time for U.S. to Abandon Nukes, Too. democracynow.org Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang over the weekend in talks meant to further steps toward nuclear disarmament. Pompeo hailed the meeting as a success, saying both sides were "pretty close" to agreeing to details for a second summit between Kim and President Donald Trump. He also told reporters Kim has agreed to let international inspectors into a North Korean missile engine test facility and nuclear testing site where the country conducted its six nuclear tests. However, Pompeo did not say whether North Korea would allow inspectors to visit a site where the count…

RT (2018-10-09). No proof of Russian meddling in 2018 midterms? Not YET, says Daily Beast in conspiracy-laden report. rt.com Even the absence of alleged Moscow interference is now worthy of a pearl-clutching "exclusive" report: the Daily Beast says there's no evidence of Russia's hand in the upcoming midterm elections — but you still should be paranoid.

Democracy Now! (2018-10-05). Headlines for October 5, 2018. democracynow.org Senate Set to Close Debate on Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination, Coalition of 100,000 U.S. Churches Opposes Kavanaugh Nomination, Kavanaugh Defends His Record in Unprecedented WSJ Op-Ed | , Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Opposes Kavanaugh, 300 Arrested on Capitol Hill as Thousands March Against Kavanaugh, Yemen: Tens of Thousands Protest Economic Collapse Amid Bombing, Bloomberg: China Hacked U.S. Companies, Including Amazon, Apple, VP Pence Accuses China of Interfering in Midterms, Undermining Trump, U.S. Indicts Russians for Hacking Anti-Doping Orgs, Targeting Nuclear Sites, Dutch Officials Sa…

2018-10-14: Social Media Postees

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GOP Cuts Its Losses — Yanks Funding for 'Putin's Favorite Congressman' Dana Rohrabacher
ursulafaw, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-10-14
Paul Ryan's SuperPAC is declining to spend money to support 15 term incumbent Dana Rohrabacher. | This is to die for. Check this out. @KatiePorterOC & @HarleyRouda. OC voters understand Dana & Mimi are total Trump rubber-stamps. TRIAGE! — Howie Klein (@downwithtyranny) October 13, 2018That's the gist. . .
alternet.org/gop-cuts-its-losses-yanks-f…

Russian Opposition Leader Navalny Freed From Jail
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-10-14
MOSCOW–Kremlin opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been released from jail after serving 50 days on two consecutive sentences for organizing unsanctioned protests. | Navalny, President Vladimir Putin's most prominent foe, had been sentenced to 30 days for organizing a protest in August, but upon release was immediately arrested and then sentenced to another 20 days for organizing a protest that took place while he was in jail. | Both protests were against a Russian government plan to raise the eligibility age for state pensions, which has since been signed into law. | After his release early Sunday, Navaln…
truthdig.com/articles/russian-opposition…

Daniel Ellsberg's The Doomsday Machine: A Prescient Warning of the Danger of Nuclear War
Kevin Martinez | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-14
Daniel Ellsberg is an American anti-war activist who in 1971, while working for the RAND Corporation, leaked a series of documents called "The Pentagon Papers" to the New York Times and other news outlets. The papers revealed to the American … | The post Daniel Ellsberg's The Doomsday Machine: A Prescient Warning of the Danger of Nuclear War appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/daniel-ellsbergs-the-d…

Report-back: 2018 World Conference against Nuclear & Hydrogens Bombs
John Steinbach | indybay.org | 2018-10-14
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists' Hall | 1924 Cedar (@Bonita), Berkeley…
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/10/11/1881816…

US needs a space force because Russia is ahead on it, Trump says
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-14
Keen as ever on the idea of having a fighting force in space, US President Donald Trump says it's a necessity for Washington because its perceived top adversaries — Russia and China — are beating it to the punch.
rt.com/usa/441195-trump-space-force-russ…

Red-Green Revolution The Politics and Technology of Ecosocialism‚Ä®
Gene Ruyle | indybay.org | 2018-10-14
NPML, 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)…
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/10/12/1881818…

US Officials Say Russia To "Seize" Syria's Oil Fields
Zero Hedge | iranian.com | 2018-10-13
Russia is attempting to woo European countries like Germany into a program of reconstruction cooperation in Syria, where broad swathes of the country have been destroyed through seven years of grinding proxy war; however, Pentagon officials have charged Russia with wanting to "seize" Syria's oil and gas resources. This comes as the United States has resolved […] | The post US Officials Say Russia To "Seize" Syria's Oil Fields appeared first on The Iranian
iranian.com/2018/10/13/us-officials-say-…

Russia: Putin ally Kudrin pushes for rapprochement with the imperialist powers
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-13
Underlying the push toward improving ties with imperialism are the growing class tensions in Russia itself.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/10/13/russ…

Daniel Ellsberg's The Doomsday Machine: A prescient warning of the danger of nuclear war
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-13
The famous whistleblower of the "Pentagon Papers" provides a disturbing and timely memoir of his days preparing nuclear war policies for the Pentagon.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/10/13/doom…

How We Roasted Donald Duck, Disney's Agent of Imperialism
Ariel Dorfman | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-12
I should not have been entirely surprised when I saw How to Read Donald Duck, a book I had written with the Belgian sociologist Armand Mattelart, being burned on TV by Chilean soldiers. It was mid-September 1973 and a military coup had just toppled Salvador Allende, the country's president, terminating his remarkable experiment of building socialism through…
counterpunch.org/2018/10/12/how-we-roast…

The New York Times' Shaky Case that Russia Manipulated Social Media to Tip the 2016 Election
Gareth Porter | mintpressnews.com | 2018-10-12
Gareth Porter dissects the New York Times Shane & Mazzetti's case that the Russian government seriously threatened to tip the 2016 election through social media. | The post The New York Times' Shaky Case that Russia Manipulated Social Media to Tip the 2016 Election appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/new-york-times-case-ru…

Video: ISIS Seizes Toxic Agents Intended to be Used for Provocations in Idlib
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-12
ISIS terrorists have been able to seize toxic chemicals due to the irresponsible actions of the representatives of the Western countries, Lieutenant General Vladimir Savchenko, chief of the Russian center for the reconciliation of the conflicting sides in Syria, said … | The post Video: ISIS Seizes Toxic Agents Intended to be Used for Provocations in Idlib appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/video-isis-seizes-toxi…

Russia Rejects Israel's Claim To Sovereignty Over Golan Heights
Middle East Monitor | iranian.com | 2018-10-12
Russia has rejected Israel's claim to sovereignty over the Golan Heights which has been under Israeli occupation for 51 years. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov indicated that his country will not agree to any change of status of the Golan Heights, insisting that Moscow, along with the large majority of the international community, considers it […] | The post Russia Rejects Israel's Claim To Sovereignty Over Golan Heights appeared first on …
iranian.com/2018/10/12/russia-rejects-is…

Were the Constitution and the Bill of Rights a Mistake?
Michael Doliner | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-12
The United States Constitution was ratified in 1788, the Bill of Rights in 1791. The Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation which had previously organized the separate states in a confederation which could not tax people directly or raise an army on its own. There was much opposition to this change, and those who were…
counterpunch.org/2018/10/12/were-the-con…

The struggle for socialism and the importance of history: David North interviewed on Radio Sri Lanka
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-12
David North, chairman of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site, was interviewed at length on Radio Sri Lanka's "Coffee with Dan" program early this week.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/10/12/srin…

The Shaky Case That Russia Manipulated Social Media to Tip the 2016 Election
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2018-10-11
The idea promoted by the NYT's Shane & Mazzetti that the Russian government seriously threatened to determine the 2016 election does not hold up when the larger social media context is examined more closely, reports Gareth Porter. By Gareth Porter… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2018/10/10/the-shaky-…

Pulp Fiction in Istanbul, or, the Looming Turkey-Saudi Cold War
Juan Cole | thenation.com | 2018-10-11
Pulp Fiction in Istanbul, or, the Looming Turkey-Saudi Cold War…
thenation.com/article/pulp-fiction-in-is…

Pentagon report points to US preparations for total war
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-10-11
Amid an intensification of military tensions with Russia and China, the Pentagon has produced a document proposing to "retool" US society for "great power conflict."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/10/11/tota…

NASA ready to leave ISS crew-less if Soyuz not cleared by 2019
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-11
NASA officials have said that the International Space Station (ISS) could be left unmanned after a Russian Soyuz spacecraft was forced to make an emergency landing when its rocket booster malfunctioned.
rt.com/usa/441026-soyuz-nasa-iss-leave-u…

Rashid Khalidi: From Iran to Palestine, Nikki Haley Put a Nice Face on Trump's "Horrific" U.S. Policies
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-10-10
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has announced she is resigning her post at the end of the year. The former South Carolina governor–one of the few women in Trump's Cabinet–gave no reason for her departure. During Nikki Haley's time as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, the United States withdrew from the Paris climate accord; the U.N. Human Rights Council; the Iran nuclear deal; UNRWA, the U.N. agency that provides humanitarian aid to Palestinians; and UNESCO, the U.N. educational and cultural agency. We speak with Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said professor of Arab studies at Columbia…
www.democracynow.org/2018/10/10/rashid_k…

'Sooner than you think': Trump vows swift reaction to India's S-400 purchase from Russia
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-10
US President Donald Trump said India will soon "find out" what Washington prepared in response to its purchase of advanced Russian S-400 missile defense systems in defiance of America's pressure.
rt.com/usa/440917-trump-response-india-r…

'With us, or against us': Nikki Haley's top threats & accusations at UN
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-10
From bullying countries into voting in line with Washington to proclaiming that the US and Russia will never be friends, retiring US ambassador Nikki Haley has said a lot of eyebrow-raising things at the UN. Here are some of them.
rt.com/news/440822-nikki-haley-un-resign…

'Certain groups will do anything to win': Steven Seagal scoffs at alleged Trump-Russia collusion
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-10
Action star Steven Seagal dismissed alleged collusion between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia as fiction, warning that "certain groups" will do or say anything to push through their political agendas.
rt.com/usa/440846-steven-seagal-russia-t…

Julia Roberts brother, 'Runaway Train' star Eric Roberts 'won't mind' getting Russian citizenship
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-10
The elder brother of Julia Roberts and Oscar-nominated actor, Eric Roberts, may join action star Steven Seagal, and French movie icon Gerard Depardieu in acquiring a Russian passport.
rt.com/usa/440908-eric-roberts-russian-c…

Trump savages Medicare for All, as more Americans embrace socialism
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-10
President Trump once again lambasted the idea of socialized healthcare, as Medicare for All becomes a mainstream Democrat position and more and more Americans warm to the idea of socialism.
rt.com/usa/440901-trump-medicare-sociali…

2017 Nobel Peace Laureate: Amid Talks with North Korea, It's Time for U.S. to Abandon Nukes, Too
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-10-09
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang over the weekend in talks meant to further steps toward nuclear disarmament. Pompeo hailed the meeting as a success, saying both sides were "pretty close" to agreeing to details for a second summit between Kim and President Donald Trump. He also told reporters Kim has agreed to let international inspectors into a North Korean missile engine test facility and nuclear testing site where the country conducted its six nuclear tests. However, Pompeo did not say whether North Korea would allow inspectors to visit a site where the count…
www.democracynow.org/2018/10/9/2017_nobe…

No proof of Russian meddling in 2018 midterms? Not YET, says Daily Beast in conspiracy-laden report
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-09
Even the absence of alleged Moscow interference is now worthy of a pearl-clutching "exclusive" report: the Daily Beast says there's no evidence of Russia's hand in the upcoming midterm elections — but you still should be paranoid.
rt.com/usa/440774-daily-beast-russia-mid…